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Every verse in the Bible is important. If you don’t understand a passage or verse, try to learn why the verse is written in the Bible and what its significance is. We must not only study Bible, but also know how to study and understand Bible, which is why learning theology is very important. Most Christians skip certain verses without trying to know why such verses are in the Bible. Here is an example.
Matthew 5: 29 and 30 says, "If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. "
If you do not apply reasoning and God given wisdom here and insist on obeying this implicitly, the best way to identify Christians in public places will be looking for people who don't have eyes and right hands. The Church will be full of people without eyes and right hands.
While studying the scriptures, before interpreting a verse, we must give due consideration to the context, cultural habits, historic and social background during Biblical times. Examples: Slavery is never condemned in the Old and New Testaments. I will be jailed if I keep a slave now. I can go on giving examples.
Exodus 23:13 says, "Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips” Are we not allowed to say names like Ashtaroth and Baal which are repeatedly mentioned in the Bible? Are we not allowed to call people with Greek deities’ names Apollo and Diana? We don’t have to take the above commandment literally. This simply means that we should steer clear of idolatry. The apostles did not change the name of the first gentile convert Cornelius or that of the first European convert Lydia.
Bible has examples of praying by kneeling down, hands lifted up and praying in closed rooms. It has no reference to closing of eyes during praying. But we close our eyes for concentration and to avoid distractions, thus we use God given wisdom.
At times, we try to prove our points on controversial issues by quoting suitable scattered verses from the Scriptures. No, always look for what the Bible as a whole talk on that issue, by studying different Bible Versions.
Apply common sense and use your knowledge of language and grammar to differentiate between literal and figurative statements in the Scripture.
Can a Christian Sport A Tattoo?
Though we must never argue on obscure Bible verses, this tattoo argument is often heard in Christian gatherings and the pulpit does not address such disputes for right reasons.
Leviticus 19:28 says, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord” Now ,Leviticus 19 also adds, “observe my Sabbaths” (There are lot of things we must not do on Sabbath day), “Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed”, “Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material”, “Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it” and “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” Why are we not arguing on all these issues too?
Nevertheless, Leviticus 19 has some instructions which are endorsed in New Testament too, like homosexuality which is forbidden in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament
If you read the surrounding texts, Leviticus is dealing with the pagan religious rituals of the people living around the Israelites. God’s desire is to set his people apart from other cultures. Do Christians need to obey the Old Testament Law? No. “Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, ‘The righteous will live by faith'” (Galatians 3:11). However, the Old Testament Law does provide guidelines for living the Christian life.
Christians are not at all required to fulfil the civil and ceremonial laws, but are bound to obey moral laws which Old and New Testaments endorse.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever because He is God. God doesn't change, but that does not mean the way He deals with mankind doesn't change. God dealt with Adam and Eve in one way, and He dealt with the Jews through Abraham with a different plan. He deals with Christians now through a new plan, a new covenant.
The nation of Israel was obliged to obey the laws of their nation in order to reap God’s blessings or curses. It was based on their obedience. The New Covenant is based on grace, not obedience. The two laws are completely different, so the ways they apply to us are different. The Mosaic Law of the Old Testament was written for the chosen people of Israel
First Corinthians 10:23 declares, “Everything is permissible – but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible – but not everything is constructive.” If the tattoo is not a ‘bad’ one, it’s ok. Decent tattoos may be “permissible”. Now, you may say whether they are beneficial and constructive. Will my tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble?
But,wait. There are lot of other things which we don’t bother if someone somewhere is not comfortable with. There are Christians who think drinking coffee is intoxicating and quoting Bible verses, they say it’s a sin. Will you avoid coffee thinking it’s a stumbling block to him? Some Christians are not comfortable with some acceptable dresses and other attires. You aren’t going to bother about such people. So, where is the separating line of stumbling block?
There are some Christians who do not want to vote during Indian Elections just because their fingers are tattooed as a mark after voting! In India the election staff apply black ink on the voter’s forefinger to identify and prevent bogus voters who turn up again! Are these Christians obeying Romans 13:1&2 that says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves”?
Good tattoos are permissible. But I believe before going for one, question whether they can be considered beneficial and constructive. Think about medical concerns, modesty, and your motive. Do not go for ones which may revisit your decision. There are people who regret having tattooed the name of a dating lover, who they disconnected from their lives at a later stage! A Christian considering getting a tattoo should pray for wisdom “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5) and ask the Lord to provide pure motives and discernment. If you feel it’s ok to have a good tattoo, go ahead. Others, please do not condemn him or her [There is an answer in this article itself for the questions you raise now. Read it again please]
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